AirZim sued for $54 000 over contract breach

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Struggling national airline, Air Zimbabwe has been taken to the High Court by its South African agent, Track Aviation Associates, which is demanding over $54 000 from the former after it allegedly breached a contractual agreement.

BY CHARLES LAITON

The South African firm is being represented by a local law firm, while AirZim is self-acting, according to the High Court matter filed in October this year.

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AirZim is yet to enter an appearance to defend notice in the matter and risks being slapped with a default judgment.

In its declaration attached to the summons, Track Aviation said sometime in April 2013, it entered into an agency agreement with AirZim, where Track Aviation was appointed and mandated to be the airline’s agent for searching, brokering and initiation of a lease agreement for Embraer ERJ aircraft.

The South African firm said it was agreed that AirZim would pay the former a success-based finder’s fee in the sum of $2 850 per month until full term or termination date.
However, pursuant to its mandate, in terms of the agency agreement, Track Aviation said it sought, brokered and initiated two lease agreements between AirZim and Solenta Aviation.

Solenta Aviation is an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with its maintenance base at OR Tambo International Airport.

The company operates cargo flights on regional routes throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and had been contracted by AirZim to offer shuttle services to tourists.

“The first lease agreement commenced on May 1, 2013 and terminated on March 14, 2014. The second one ran from July 1, 2013 and terminated on February 28, 2014,” Track Aviation said.

“Defendant (AirZim) neglected or failed to pay plaintiff’s finder fees in terms of the agreement or at all. Defendant has ignored plaintiff’s several demands for payment, the last of which was delivered on October 2, 2015.”

According to Track Aviation, the total amount due to it in terms of the agreement was now $54 150.